Featured Interview With Barbara Goss
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I grew up in Western New York, and I still live here with my husband of 31 years as well as my cat, Molly.
I’ve written 54 books since 2015 and am still tapping them out. I mostly write sweet historical westerns, but recently wrote a WW1 romance book called Tatianna. All my books are available in audiobooks as well for those who can’t see well, or just like to listen while doing something else. My fansite is welcome to any readers who enjoy my writing, I also have a website. I enjoy chatting with the readers.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I started reading when I was very young. My grandmother would sent me books she picked up church rummage sales. She introduced me to Bambi, The Bobbsey Twins and others.
When I was in 5th and 6th grade our school had a large collection of books about famous people’s lives as children: Booker T. Washington, Dolly Madison, Abe Lincoln, and many others. I read all 36 of them.
I love reading because it takes me to wonderful places. While I’m there I forget any problems I have and live through my characters. I love to hate the villains and love the hero and heroines.
I prefer sweet books with a lot of romance and adventure. I write Christian books that are not preachy but the stories aways leave a faith message
There came a point (way to late in life) when I said, “I can do this,” and wrote a book and it was published by a large Christian Publishing House with a contract to write three more. Then I discovered self-publishing and preferred it. You can work at your own speed, you aren’t restricted by what you can and can’t write and the books get published quickly.
I’m not happy unless I’m in the middle of writing a book so I hope I can write for years to come. Grace Livingston Hill was my inspiration. I read all 100 of her books. I need to catch up to her.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Grace Livingston Hill was my favorite author, and I also liked Lavyrle Spencer. My favorite genre is, of course, romance especially ones that take place in the old west. Those were such exciting times. I don’t read contemporary romance because it’s too close to real life. I like the fantasy of reliving the past.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone of writing romantic westerns for my latest book. Tatianna is part of a series called “Already Home,” and is being run by Barr26 Publishing. There are 6 books in this romantic WW1 series, So far my reviews are excellent so I guess it was a successful switch of genres. The audiobooks come with a song written and song by Rick Barr, “Already Home.” The series was collaborated by Michele Pollock Dalton,
Tatianna agrees to write to the service men being sent overseas and one out of the many letters stood out. It was from a man named Ryan, Through letters (which I share with the readers) the friendship turns into something deeper. When the letters from Ryan stop, Tatianna worries. Will they ever meet? Fall in love?
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